March 10, 2003
Release Number: 03-03-16
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COALITION CONTINUES INFO CAMPAIGN; DROPS NEARLY 1 MILLION LEAFLETS
SOUTHWEST ASIA – Coalition aircraft dropped nearly 1 million
informational leaflets in southern Iraq today. The drops were
part of an ongoing effort to protect Iraqi lives and deter Iraqi
aggression by providing relevant, factual information to both
Iraqi civilians and military troops.
Coalition aircraft dropped the leaflets – a total of approximately
900,000 – over several locations south of Baghdad. Most
of the locations were concentrated in the southeastern corner
of the nation, around the city of Al Basrah, which is approximately
250 miles southeast of Baghdad.
The Coalition dropped eight versions of leaflets that expressed
a variety of messages. Among the messages was assurance that the
Coalition does not wish to harm civilians or national landmarks.
One leaflet type provided information about Coalition radio broadcasts
on topics ranging from United Nations Security Council Resolution
1441 to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s regime. One leaflet
type warned Iraqi troops not to use weapons of mass destruction,
while another contrasted Saddam Hussein’s wealth with the
poverty in which many Iraqis live.